The futures of four players with the Marshall football program are still uncertain following their arrests early Sunday morning in Huntington. Martin Ward, 22; Corie Wilson, 20; Stefone Grace, 19; and Phillip Warren, 20 were involved in an altercation with police in front of the Thirsty Wale bar along Fourth Avenue. Ward is facing the least serious charges while Warren is accused of punching an officer in side of the head.
According the criminal complaint police responded to the 1300 block of Fourth Avenue for a large crowd that had gathered in front of the Thirsty Wale bar. Officers arrived and began instructing the crowd to disperse and that’s when the trouble started.
While officers were yelling at the crowd telling people to leave the area, police say Phillip Warren refused to follow their instructions and began yelling back at police officers. Huntington Police say an officer went to arrest Warren and was punched in the right side of the face by Warren. Police then took Warren to the ground and forcibly handcuffed him while he continued to fight with officers. Warren has been charged with disorderly conduct, battery of a police officer and obstructing.
Meanwhile, state troopers took Corie Wilson into custody after officers say he tried to flee the scene. Police say while trying to break up another physical altercation, Wilson continued to agitate the situation by cursing and yelling at the officers. After being told numerous times to leave, Wilson refused. Police say he ran toward State Trooper W.G. Hash in a threatening manner then fled toward Fifth Avenue. Police eventually caught up with him and charged him with Obstructing and Fleeing on Foot.
Stefone Grace was also instructed by police to leave the scene multiple times but refused and became belligerent toward the officers. Police say Grace was placed into custody for disorderly conduct and then began to actively resist and had to be physically put onto the hood of a vehicle and restrained with the assistance of other officers. Grace has also been charged with obstructing.
Martin Ward is facing the least serious accusations, as he also refused to leave the scene and was yelling at the officers telling them he did not have to leave. Police detected the odor of alcohol on his breathe and observed slurred speech and glassy eyes. Ward was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Marshall coach Doc Holliday issued a statement Sunday morning saying, "We are aware of the situation and are currently gathering all of the facts pertaining to this issue. Once that process is complete, we will handle the matter appropriately."
Ward played in 11 games last season, carrying the ball four times for 21 yards. Warren started one game and had 26 tackles last year. Wilson is a redshirt freshman and Grace a true freshman.